As the year draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect and celebrate the accomplishments you’ve achieved this year. We’re sharing the stories of eight businesses who have gone above and beyond in giving back to their communities in 2016.
After serving in the Air Force for eight years and later in the Air National Guard for another eleven years, Cindy Beers was struggling with depression, severe anxiety and PTSD. In order to heal, Cindy turned to yoga. “I didn’t find yoga, yoga found me.”
Under the wing of a mentor, Cindy completed 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher trainings, and after four years of teaching, she realized she wanted to leave her role as a college professor to pursue yoga full-time.
When she asked her husband how much it would cost to turn a room in their home into a yoga studio, his reply was, “Sounds like a plan to me.” Shortly after, Red Head Yoga Studio was born—and Cindy hasn’t turned back since.
From the start, Cindy has created ways to give back to other veterans and her community at-large. She has developed courses specifically for teen and adult anxiety, physical and mental illnesses common in veterans and those who have experienced trauma or grief. Red Head Yoga Studio welcomes veterans to any class for free. “I like catering to them, they served our country. I served our country and, to be frank, I saw a lot of ugliness and this is my way of creating peace in their lives.”
For Cindy and Red Head Yoga Studio, owning a yoga studio is about supporting her community by healing others through meditation and therapeutic movements. The desire to improve the lives of her community members is Cindy’s passion—and what drives her to own a business.